5-minute Cubao-Makati travel time 'physically impossible' – expert

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 10) — President Rodrigo Duterte's bold promise to cut the travel time between Cubao in Quezon City and Makati City to five minutes by the end of the year is "physically impossible," a transportation expert said Tuesday.

"Kasi nga [Because the] distance between Cubao and Makati is around 10 kilometers (km), to do it in five minutes means traveling non-stop for 120 km per hour," Primitivo Cal, executive director of the University of the Philippines Planning and Development Research Foundation, said.

"Wala naman ganung [There is no such] traveling by road kasi (because) even if you can do it physically merong (there is a) speed limit," Cal added.

Distance between Aurora Boulevard in Cubao to Ayala Avenue in Makati is nearly 10 km. Travel time normally takes 40 minutes in current traffic conditions.

Duterte made the promise Saturday as he assured the public that traffic situation in Metro Manila will be better by December.

"You just wait. Ayaw ko mag-ano (I don't want to..), but things will improve maybe God willing, December smooth sailing na (already). You don‟t have to worry about traffic," the President said in an interview on his supporter, Davao-based Pastor Apollo Quiboloy's program "Give Us This Day."

MMDA traffic manager Bong Nebrija said his agency will implement traffic schemes that will realize the President's promise.

"What we have been doing is part of the bigger plan. ‘Yung sinasabi naming (The) provincial bus ban on Edsa, that’s one. Then the creation of task force Cubao to Makati," Nebrija said.

Asked to elaborate on Duterte's vow, Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo said he has yet to ask the President about his plan.

"Surprise! He has something up his sleeves... I'll ask him tonight," Panelo said in a media briefing.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Makoi Popioco contributed to this report.